George III Painted and Inlaid Satinwood Secretaire Bookcase Cabinet
In three parts, the detachable cornice with swan's neck pediment centered by an oval panel painted with a figure of Orpheus flanked by panels with flowers, all over a pair of convex mirror-inset doors with similarly painted ovals with allegorical figures, the projecting lower section with a long drawer painted with floral swag centering a musical trophy and fitted with a Bramah lock, 14 Piccadilly, and opening to a velvet-lined writing panel and an arrangement of pigeonholes over short drawers, above a pair of cupboard doors painted with allegorical figures and opening to two drawers with gilt-metal husk-swag handles and sliding shelves, raised on splayed bracket feet. Height 8 feet 2 inches (2.49 m), width 43 inches (1.10 m), 22 1/2 inches (57.2 cm).
Messrs. D. L. Issacs, London
Percy Macquoid, A History of English Furniture The Age of Satinwood, London, 1919, col. pl. XII
C. Matlack Price, 'Historic Types and Modern Furniture, The New Country Life', Doubleday, Page & Company, Garden City, New York, February 1918, vol. XXXIII, no, 4, pp. 27-40, p. 39, illus.
F. Lewis Hinckley, The More Significant Regency Furniture 1800-1830, 1991, p. 58, fig. 76 and back of dust jacket
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